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Sister duo to compete at Curling Nationals

Shelby and Katie RDC Gold

    Sisters Katie and Shelby Primrose of Rumsey are off to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Curling National Championships in Leduc from Saturday, March 24 to Wednesday, March 28.
    Both are current students at Red Deer College (RDC). Katie is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and plays as lead for the curling team. Shelby on the other hand is in her first year of Business and plays second.
    The women’s team played in Provincials where the top three teams move on to the National Championships.
    They started out strong winning all three of their round robin games.
    “I don’t think we played eight ends during round robin. We were strong and then we got in to the 1-2 playoff game against Grant MacEwan (University) and then we played them in the final again,” said Shelby. “So we played them three times back to back to back.”
    Katie and Shelby are pleased with the results of last weekend’s tournament.
    “I think it was really satisfying, I mean the RDC women’s team hasn’t won Provincials since 1982 so it’s kind of satisfying to go into Nationals knowing that you won Provincials,” said Katie. “It gives you that extra boost like you are more motivated to be there.”
    Shelby felt the team would do well before Provincials even began, due to the high skill level and focus the team has continually exemplified this season.
    “We felt pretty confident going in with our team, we did really well at the winter regional and we knew we could do it so we just stayed focused and curled really well,” said Shelby.
    This will be Katie’s second time competing at the national level. The RDC team won top place last year and are expecting to defend their title.
    The Leduc Recreation Centre is hosting four Canadian Championship curling events over nine days. The 2018 U SPORTS/Curling Canada Curling Championships and the 2018 CCAA/Curling Canada Championships will be from March 24 to 28. The 2018 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship will happen from March 26 to 31 and the 2018 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship will be from March 29 to April 1.
    The facility has become a central hub for large events as the BMO Curling Rink inside the large recreation centre has eight sheets for participants to work with.
    Both sisters are happy to be on the ice with someone they have curled with for years.
    “It’s definitely a positive curling with a sibling out there,” said Shelby.
    Sara McMann (skip), Brett Day (third), and the Primrose sisters make up the winning team with coach Brad Hamilton at the helm.
    “Three of us won Nationals last year so it is exciting to go back,” said Katie.


Delia claims mixed curling gold

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    The Delia mixed curling team struck gold in Cochrane on Tuesday, February 13, at zones.
    Round robin competition began on Monday, February 12, where the team played strong, winning all three games. This put them into the A pool where they played against the B pool finalists.
    This match win brought them into the final gold medal round match against Carstairs.
    “My team curled pretty well, of course in any sport you’re  going to have your ups and downs but they came out on top and prevailed with five straight wins in zones,” said Barry Mason, coach of the team.
    Jared Mason, Kali Richardson, Ryan Francis, and Presley Battle make up the winning team. Mason and Battle are from Delia School, and Richardson and Francis are from Hanna JC Charyk School. Three out of the four players are in their final year of high school.
    Mason credits their success to hard work and ‘a little luck too’.
    “I guess dedication to do as well as you can,” said Mason. “They put their heart and soul into it.”
    The team will be off to Provincials on Thursday, March 1 to Saturday, March 3, in St. Albert.
    “They are ecstatic, they cut loose and jumped for joy,” chuckled Mason. “I was pretty proud of my team.”
    Marc Kennedy will be the guest speaker at the Provincials Banquet the first day of the tournament. He is the third for Kevin Koe’s team competing for Canada at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang this year.
    “The team is pretty excited to meet him,” said Mason. “Marc is such a dynamic curler.”

Roller Derby team holds open house

Hellraisers team

    The Badlands Hellraisers Roller Derby team hosted an open house to recruit more members from the area.
    The event was held at the Drumheller Ag Society Stampede Barn on Thursday, February 15, where three potential members checked out the unique sport.
    “It turned out pretty good,” said captain Joanne Manning. “We had a few potential Hellraisers that showed up, they all did pretty good for their first night.”
    The team is open to women of ‘any shape or size’ and allows each individual to challenge themselves as well as others in a constructive manner.
    “I would recommend it because it’s a very positive sport like we challenge each other to be the best that we can be kind of thing and it’s turned right into lifestyle as to how healthy a person wants to be or how strong,” said Manning. “It takes a lot of physical strength to play Derby too and it’s a nice little community in and of itself.”
    A second round of open houses will happen on this upcoming Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for anyone who is interested.
    “If people do choose to come, all they have to make sure to bring is a mouth guard,” said Manning. “Everything else for that night we will supply, we’ve got lots of girls with lots of different sizes and everybody that showed up before managed to put them in to skates and gear and helmets.”
    In the beginning, at least 20 people would show up to see what roller derby was all about but with their last meeting that number has dwindled to three.
    “I mean we also do the fresh meat event every six months or so, so we don’t expect 20 people to show up every time and out of those 20 that showed up last year, there was only five of us that stayed with it. The ladies who showed up last night sound like they’re all really interested so we could come up with having three new players on our team,” said Manning.
    Basics like blocking, breaking through that blocking, and skating and footwork drills are what is taught throughout the open house.
    The team does not have a permanent location to host games and practices at the moment so travelling is a necessity.
    “We travel right to Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Swift Current, up to Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan and we’ve even gone into Kindersley,” said Manning. “We kind of go all over and then we get invited for tournaments and so on.”
    The team currently consists of 15 rostered players but can reach up to 25 as those extra women are working towards benchmark goals before participating in team practices and games. Manning said people who have experience in hockey or rollerblading itself tend to pick up the sport quicker.
    “There is a couple different stages and everybody goes through their stages at different levels,” Manning explained. “We’ve had it where some people come into the group and they don’t know how to roller skate at all so then we go right through teaching them how to start and stop and how to fall and how to not break any bones.”
    A new space would potentially increase revenue for the valley’s economy according to Manning.
    “It would be nice if we had a rink all to ourselves so we could host more home games and bring people into the community because with Derby being such a little community in and of itself it would be awesome for our businesses here in town by bringing people in,” said Manning. “Future goals with fingers crossed.”


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